Original Chuck Jones layout drawing (graphite on 2 hole-punch 12 field animation paper, 10.5" x 12.5") for his 1943 short cartoon, "Inki and the Minah Bird".
With a tip of the hat to the surrealists holding
court in painterly circles in Europe—Chuck Jones commands an outrageously
magical brush in this pastiche of a film. Read what you will into its rhythms and syncopations, appearances and
disappearances and outright lunacy, but don’t deny its hold on your
roadrunner is an authentic bird of the cuckoo family and is found in
New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California. He cannot truly fly but he
runs at an unbelievable speed and soars to the tops of the giant
cactus. He is about the same size as a scrawny turkey. Yes, you will
find the roadrunner listed in any good dictionary of the English
language, accompanied by his Latin name—his real Latin name, you
understand, not those which we invent such as Tidbitius Velocitus or TastyiusFastius."